The Best of the Southwest
The quest for great food and drink leads to many innovative, hands-on culinary experiences across southwestern Ontario. The region offers a treasure trove of ways to appreciate the passion and artistry of local producers.
Bringing attention to environmental issues is also something that motivates David Schonberger, owner of Ottercreek Woodworks, in Burgessville.
The From Tree to Table experience takes guests on a guided walk through the Carolinian forest before heading to the workshop to design and make their own live-edge charcuterie board with expert guidance on how to use a variety of woodworking tools.
“It gives me a chance to shine the spotlight on the important role of the forest,” Schonberger says, “and … why it needs to be preserved.”
The response from guests to his experience has been overwhelmingly positive, Schonberger says. In fact, he recently earned Ontario’s Southwest 2018 Innovative Experience of the Year award.
He says many participants leave comments about memories that working with wood evokes. “[The experience] leaves them with a full heart,” he adds.